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Surface Phone Leak Promises Powerful New Windows 10 Smartphone

Thanks to its own accidental leak, the idea that Microsoft’s presumptively named Surface Phone is going to be a powerhouse of high-end specifications received another boost.<p>Tucked away on Microsoft’s ‘Minimum hardware requirements‘ page for Windows 10 are a list of chipsets that the operating …

Windows 10

Chromebooks may soon be able to run almost every Android app

It looks like Google may soon be breaking down barriers between its two operating systems, giving Chrome OS users access to Android apps from the Google Play Store. As spotted by a Reddit user this weekend, Chromebooks running version 51 of Chrome OS are showing a checkbox in their settings menu …

Google Photos now automatically turns your photos into smart albums

Google Photos does a lot of things automatically — for example, it turns similar photos into collages and animations — but now it can also take a …

What These Artists Do with Ballpoint Pens Is Unreal

Artists Kai & Sunny turn straight lines into straight-up hypnotic artworks.<p><i>Whirlwind of Time (section), Kai & Sunny. Image courtesy of the artists</i><p>The ballpoint pen may be a humble tool for creating art (although it has earned its place in MoMA's permanent collection) but that doesn't mean to say …

This gadget from Amazon's new movie is crazy, but something like it could exist sooner than you think

The gadget in the film, called Augmenta, is a lot more futuristic than Glass. When Dickinson and his friend, Jake Lodwick, the cofounder of Vimeo, were inventing the product, they tried to create something way beyond the state of the market back then.<p>Although <i>virtual</i> reality headsets from Oculus and …

The Minix NEO C hub made my tiny MacBook a desktop powerhouse

On launch, Apple’s new MacBook didn’t have much going for it with regard to accessories. Now that USB-C is more familiar to device manufacturers, we’re getting some really powerful plug-in devices, and Minix’s NEO C is no different.<p>The hub plugs into a MacBook’s USB-C port and offers a lot of …

Head of Russian Orthodox church quizzes penguin on Antarctica visit

Patriarch Kirill meets scientists – and converses with flightless bird – on visit to Russia’s Bellingshausen Station on King George’s Island<p>Fresh from his historic meeting in Cuba with Pope Francis last week, the head of the Russian Orthodox church has broken new ground again with a visit to …

Exiled oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky: I have no obligations to Putin

Outlining plans to back Russian opposition groups, Khodorkovsky – pardoned in 2013 – says he never agreed to stay out of politics<p>The exiled oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky has said he has “no obligations” to Vladimir Putin as he outlined his plans to take on the Russian government in …

All-Encompassing Bookshelf Allows Readers to Be Surrounded by Their Favorite Books

French designer Gilles Belley defines a room inside of a room with his recent project titled <i>Area</i>. The structure features a rounded, semi-enclosed space that's lined with vertical blades that double as bookshelves. With this design, you decide on how little or how much privacy you'd like–objects can …

Storage Ideas

Magic Carpet Chair Floats in Your Living Room

The world has seen other so-called flying carpet chairs before. But the <b>Carpet Chair</b>, released in 2016 by breakout Cyprus design brand <b>Mousarris</b> in …

Cubes organizes all your cloud-based files into one simple app

I didn’t think I had that many files living in the cloud. Sure, I have a Dropbox account and use Gmail, but I didn’t really know how much is stuck up there, floating around in the digital ether.<p>That is until I started testing Cubes, a new app that aims to organize all your cloud-based stuff into a …

Apps

SwiftKey Stats teaches you about yourself

SwiftKey has long been one of the smartest keyboards available on Android. The company has long been involved with predictive technology with recent projects employing neural networks to anticipate your typing and the ability to guess your sentence two letters ahead of the cursor. Now instead of …

Lenovo thinks 'detachables' will be the next giant tech trend

The company is betting on a new technology trend it calls "detachables."<p>Lenovo is making products it calls "2-in-1" and "4-in-1" solutions. Instead of having to buy both a tablet and a computer, for example, their products allow users to convert one product into many.<p>Gerry Smith, Lenovo's Executive …

Lenovo

This 19-Year-Old Creates Jaw-Droppingly Realistic 3D Art That Will Make You Do A Double Take

Holy shit.

Japanese Pastry Maker’s White Strawberry Tart Captures the "Scent of First Love"

Japanese pastry maker Qu'il Fait Bon captured the art (and scent) of love in a single, delectable treat. Their fruit tart is made with a white strawberry called <i>Hatsukoi no Kaori</i>, which literally translates to “The Scent of First Love.” After 20 years of research done by plant suppliers and fruit …

Wikipedia At 15: The Struggle To Attract Non-Techy Geeks

For more than a quarter of people around the world, for as long as they've been alive, there's always been Wikipedia. This week, the online crowd-sourced encyclopedia turns 15.<p>It's come a long way: With some 35 million articles, Wikipedia speaks hundreds of languages and cites 80,000 volunteers …

Wikipedia

Designers Speculate on the Future from the Year 2015

The future looks bright and strange<p>I can't help but wonder if our current visions of the future are wildly limited in imagination, or if resolutions …

Wearable Tech

Mausoleum of the Martyrdom of Polish Villages / Nizio Design International

The building site of the Mausoleum of the Martyrdom of Polish Villages in Michniów is undergoing the successive fifth stage of construction works. …

Sanambinnam House / Archimontage Design Fields Sophisticated

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The landowner inherits a piece of land in a small alley in the suburb of Bangkok. On one side of the …

Pollution-free furniture of the future will be grown from mushrooms

The furniture of the future might not be built, but grown. New York-based nonprofits Terreform ONE and Genspace developed a series of benches created …

Samsung Electronics Introduces Advanced Smart TV User Experience

Samsung Electronics unveiled a new Samsung Smart TV user experience with the refreshed ‘Smart Hub’ user interface and new Samsung Smart Control …

Skype Co-Founders Launch The Starship ‘Ground Drone’ For Deliveries

To date most of the talk around drones has been about how flying drones will disrupt the delivery industry. But for some bizarre reason the whole idea of a ‘ground drone’ which could address the ‘last mile’ of deliveries tended to be missed. Well, no more.<p>Now, two former co-founders of Skype, Ahti …

This Weed-Destroying Farm Robot Is Going To Replace Farm Workers

About the size of a compact car, the BoniRob is being developed by Deepfield Robotics, a startup owned by Bosch in Germany. It knows where it is in a …

Farming

How A Robotic Salamander Could Help Treat Paraplegics

Pleurobot, the world’s most realistic robotic amphibian, is helping researchers develop new therapies for patients with spinal injuries.<p>Within the Biorobotics Lab (BioRob) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, there’s an entire research team dedicated to Amphibious Robotics, a field of …

Get ready for Li-Fi, a technology 100 times faster than Wi-Fi

The world might eventually have to shift its reliance on Wi-Fi to Li-Fi, an alternative technology that scientists say can reach speeds of 1 Gbps in …

Airbus's Dream For Faster Air Travel Is Planes With Removable Cabins

Why file in and out when you can just swap?<p>Airbus has had plenty of truly horrifying ideas for how to pack more passengers onto a single plane, but the newest patent from the airplane giant is actually pretty easy to get behind. Though it is far from implementation (and may never even happen) the …

Airbus

Deal: Mattel’s View-Master VR Starter Pack drops to only $20 on Amazon

Interested in trying out virtual reality, but aren’t keen on spending around $100 to do so? Google’s Cardboard VR platform is a great place to start. There are a few headsets made from actual cardboard that can be yours for only a few bucks, but there aren’t any available today that rival the warm …

Virtual Reality

New App Visualizes Radio Waves From Cell Towers and Satellites Around You

Justin Sullivan—Getty Images<p>Ralph Morse—The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images<p>Ted Thai—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>Kristy …